Neighbors using boats to navigate northwest Harris County Subdivision

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 14 at 4:26 PM

HOUSTON -- A good portion of a northwest Harris County subdivision, called the Enchanted Valley Estates, is only accessible by boat. Homeowners could be seen using canoes, pontoon boats and even a jet ski to navigate around neighborhoods now underwater.

The water has taken its toll on a number of homes in the area.

The flood waters are above waist-high level in some parts of the subdivision, and neighbors fear that it could rise higher.

“We definitely don’t want it in our house. We will be gone if it starts raining more,” said Rodger and Tammy Morgan who has been using a jet-ski to get around.

The Morgan’s home is one of many in the neighborhood that is on stilts. For now, that has provided protection for the interior of houses in the water-logged community.

However, people are reporting a great deal of damage to their vehicles, outdoor appliances and landscaping.

KHOU got a boat tour of the neighborhood, that looks more like a ship channel. In some places, the water was creeping to the tops of mailboxes.

For anyone who needed help, a 5-and-a-half ton military truck cruised around the neighborhood searching.

“We are not going anywhere where we can’t see the road. We don’t want to run over anyone’s yard or anything,” said Bert Harvey in the passenger seat of the truck.

Neighbors said they have not been warned not to drink the tap water, but many have resorted to drinking bottled water.  KHOU also came across residents who have been making do without power.

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